Where the Magic Happens

I figured ya’ll have been here with me on this journey called life and you all have the right to see how/where I work! It’s not much as you can see by the picture, but it does the job.

(Most of my stuff still resides at my parents’ house and then we thought we were getting a roommate, which meant I couldn’t move back into the office. But now we got our finances settled, we no longer need a roommate and I am stuck in limbo with my office in the kitchen!)

So we shall call this the temporary office tour. It’s where I blog day and night, do homework, and chart notes for work; all from this little set up. I will tell you bit by bit what I have, what makes this set up successful, and what its downfalls are.

Chair

I got this chair from Staples for about $220.00. It’s ergonomic and when I was working full time at home, I really did need something so that my back wouldn’t spasm from sitting for so long. This chair has great lumbar support and I can sit or recline for hours without having any issues.

It’s especially nice during the winter quarter of school because I am stuck at home for sometimes days without leaving my little work space area; just trying to get all facets of my work completed.

https://www.staples.com/Staples-Hyken-Technical-Mesh-Task-Chair-Black/product_990119

MacBook Pro 13in.

https://www.apple.com/macbook-pro-13/

I have the 2020 version of this MacBook and I couldn’t be more pleased with it. I have been a huge PC user/Microsoft fan for a long time and as much as I love the Microsoft Surface, it doesn’t beat my MacBook.

Ouch. That pains me to say… Yes it’s nice because the tablets from Microsoft are also PC, so you have 2 devices in 1 and it’s not nearly as expensive as buying a MacBook and an iPad Air for roughly $2,000.00 baseline. Ouch. The price… it burns!

Oh wait… I already spent it. I love both devices, but let’s focus on the MacBook first. It’s ability to edit and capture videos and photos is impeccable. I have no clue what the tech specs are, but I do know it’s a lot of bang for your buck. It’s aesthetics are perfect, the magic keyboard is the perfect amount of annoying clickety, clackety every stroke of each key. Not to mention the backlit keyboard and the touch screen top row is nice if you’re a horrible speller like I am.

If you need your average computer, it’s probably not worth $1300 bucks, but if you love the Apple ecosystem, are looking for a change, or looking for video editing tools, a baseline MacBook Pro is the way to go.

iPad Air 4 with Apple Pencil 2

https://www.apple.com/ipad-air/

I have only had this device for a few days, so I seriously have not had enough time to unlock its true potential. But I know a few must haves to utilize this device is a wireless mouse (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08FHZ4K7X/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s03?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and a bluetooth, wireless keyboard designed for Mac and iOS (a mistake I made on the first keyboard; it was nice but it wasn’t compatible with the iPad.

This is may new keyboard, so praying that it works and looks as cool as the pictures show.

Absolute must have if you are using the iPad for more than just browsing internet sites and reading in bed is a tablet stand.

I got mine today and I am OBSESSED. I used it to write notes as I looked back and forth between the iPad and the MacBook, transcribing my notes to the assignment I was working on for English class.

Obviously the iPad Air 4 pairs nicely with the Apple Pencil 2 and if you are trying to do anything with the tablet in your hands, you need a stylus to keep your grubby hands off of the screen! It’s drawing capabilities in ProCreate are fantastic and I hope to share some creations soon 🙂

Pens

THESE PENS ARE MY LIFE. Just an fyi, I am high-key a pen snob. Meaning, I will refuse a pen if they are not up to par and if you have a good pen, you betcha I am gonna take it from you. They also come in 18 different colors and are perfect for bullet journaling. They don’t bleed through the page which makes them perfect for work, school, and what have you.

Paper/Notebooks

I just use journals from the dollar store for all of my math problems. I could do the work on my iPad but that sounds a lot more tedious.

Upsides of this Setup

  • I am in a central location in the house
  • I have two screens that I can use to multitask off of
  • I am by outlets and right next to my Keurig coffee maker
  • It has everything that I need

Downsides of this Setup

  • It is in the center of all of the noise in the house
  • Two screens can be distracting as you are constantly looking and waiting for social media updates
  • Not enough outlets
  • Not everything I want

I am sure I will be much more appreciative and grateful when I get moved in to my office and I can set up all my knick knacks and whatnot. But I am grateful for what I have and so far, this works.

Until next time,

Dani

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